First off, what is Raw Honey?
Raw honey is honey that has not been heated to high temperatures. Many brands commonly seen in grocery stores have been treated with high heat and pressure filtered to prevent the natural crystallization from occurring and to obtain a uniform texture. This eliminates the fragrance, yeast, and enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body.
Raw honey is a natural antimicrobial
It has a high concentration of sugar, high acidity, and it contains a very small amount of naturally-occurring hydrogen peroxide, honey is hostile to bacteria growth. Therefore, honey will never spoil.
However: honey may contain spores of clostridium botulinum (yeah for a bio reference) and should not be fed to children under 1 year old. Their stomach has not yet obtained the normal flora in their gut which makes it fine for us to eat.
Raw honey is great for cooking
Honey is hygroscopic, meaning it sucks moisture from the air, which is why it is such a great addition to baking. It keeps baked goods moist and also adds shelf-life because of its anti-bacterial, or anti-oxidant, qualities.
Do not put honey in the refrigerator. It will be hard to spoon out if you do. Just remember, honey never spoils!
Spread on toast or biscuits for breakfast.
Serve drizzled on top of cheese with toasted bread or crackers for a simple appetizer or snack.
Spiced Honey Butter
1 / 4 cup raw honey
1 / 2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with biscuits, bread, or toast. Makes about 3/4 cup.
Honey Glazed Lemon Roast Chicken Recipe from Simply Recipes
Baked Hawaiian Oatmeal from The Ungourmet
Salmon with Honey Mustard Glaze from Bell’alimento
Honey Beer Bread from Gimme Some Oven
Pear, Brie, and Honey Quesadilla from Two Peas and Their Pod
So thanks again to Anjalim at The Picky Eater and Royal Hawaiian Honey for the wonderful jar of raw honey!